Graduate Certificate in Systems

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Purdue graduates have continuously made technological breakthroughs, developed innovative products, created timeless designs, and discovered better ways to feed the world. It is time to pioneer the education of scientists, economists, engineers, designers, and humanitarians who are also systems thinkers; future leaders who can see the hidden interconnections between different elements of a system and turn the spotlight on the role of humans. These systems range from large-scale power grids and political/social systems to small-scale devices, such as motors for unclogging blood vessels and 3-D nanostructures.

Courses include

  • Pespectives in Systems - Engineers are frequently asked to solve problems to operate together effectively to achieve a goal. However, confusion arises when proponents of one perspective interact with others, without a clear understanding of the variety of SE histories and tools. Each can play an important, complementary role in the development of a robust approach to SE and the role of the human in engineering systems. This course provides an introduction to, and references for, each of 4 distinct approaches to SE concepts/tools.
  • Tools and Methodolgy for Design Systems - The purpose of the course is to emphasize patterns of systems thinking, to introduce systems engineering processes and methods, and to introduce theory for model-based systems engineering, and provide practice in using a model-based systems engineering tool.
  • Practical Systems Thinking - Engineers, social scientists, and managers frequently bring people and technology together to address complex problematic situations in an equitable way that benefits people and the environment. Multiple systems concepts and methods have been developed to address these situations, and typical courses in systems focus on a relatively small portion of the rich assortment of available approaches to addressing systems problems. This course introduces students to multiple systems concepts and methods via readings and class discussion. The students then apply these concepts and methods on team-based projects. The course will emphasize critical thinking about how the concepts and methods are applicable to the problematic situations of the projects and how well the project teams were able to perform the required activities.